|Owen KC Stephens|
|9 people marked this as a favorite.|
I have questions, several questions, almost none of which I feel I should ask here in public, but ... I'm having a hard time understanding this departure, not to mention the move half-way across the nation.
The move is not that shocking. I moved from central Oklahoma to WA in 2000 for a job with Wizards of the Coast. When I was laid off 14 months later, I moved back to OK.
There I stayed until 2014, when Paizo offered me a job developing the Pathfinder Modules line. So, new opportunity, I moved again.
Now my family has another new opportunity, one that focused on my wife but is no less important for that. I've been a full-time freelancer for 17 years of my life. I have no doubt I an find paying work, even if I don't know what the exact balance of who, what, and how yet.
Evansville isn't a perfect match for what we want in a community, but it is a lot like our hometown, so we feel pretty well acquainted with how to manage in the areas where we'd prefer the PNW approach.
There are lots of things I'll miss, my desk at Paizo being one of them, but there are more factors in deciding where to live than how much I love the work and people of one job.
I am not leaving because I dislike Paizo, or its game systems, or its people. I worked hard to get to where I am, and I have no regrets. But I am also a pragmatist, and pragmatically I believe my wife and I are better off pursuing this new opportunity and that requires us to relocate.
I expect I'll be doing a LOT of stuff with Paizo even after I am gone, just as I did a lot before I was on-staff.
Either way, best of luck, I really hope the move is good for you and the families physical and mental well being, Gods know that rural IL is WAY less of an infrastructure and population nightmare compared to the Seattle area.